I can’t believe I have already finished my first week of work at the transmitter. This week has gone by really fast. The missionary families here have made me feel very welcome here. I really enjoy the trips to and from work, seeing all of the African children getting excited when they see white people. They especially love it when we wave to them. I’m still getting used to the weather here. The past few days it has been a bit cooler, though today it has warmed up again. At work I have been able to turn on the generators, and turn on the transmitter. Early in the week we took some measurements to see if the transmitter was effecting the power in the building. It has been challenging trying to communicate with some of the technicians as my French is not very good. It seems with enough waving of the arms and drawing pictures we are able to communicate. Last night all of the missionary families in the Parakou area got together and played some games. It was fun being able to fellowship with fellow Christians from around the world.
I thought I might add a few pictures now, so you can see a little bit what it’s like here.
This building is the main building were most of the equipment is housed. Most of the time the building is air conditioned so it feels pretty nice inside.
In Benin they have bags of water. Many times for drinking you just pull a bag from the fridge and have a drink. Once you get the hang of it it’s pretty easy. The first couple times I got myself wet with some of the water.
The man on the far right is Paul. He is the chief engineer at the transmitter. In the middle is David, he is here for about a month and I have been working quite a bit with him. He has been working in radio for many years and I have learned a lot from him already. The guy on the left, oh wait you already know who he is…
Here is my room after just having arrived, and unloaded the vehicle. What you can’t see, is a mosquito net that I pull over the bed at night, to try and keep the little blood suckers away. It’s kind of interesting here, most of the windows have glass panes that can be opened to allow air to flow through. Behind the glass is netting to keep out the mosquitoes, or as they call them in Australia, mossies.
Well that’s all for now folks. I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, it’s been a busy week, and the internet is somewhat slow. Thankfully there haven’t been too many power outages this week. Unfortunately I am having some problems with my camera, so I haven’t been able to take as many pictures as I would like to. I will hopefully be able to get it working, so I can show you more what it looks like it. It definitely is much greener then NM. Thanks for all of your prayers. Please pray for the many people groups in Western Africa who don’t have God’s word in their own language. Again thank you for all of your support. I hope you are doing well. Au revoir.